By HUFFPOST LIVING CANADA
According to Statistics Canada, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the country and is usually chronic and generally lasts at least six months.If left untreated, anxiety can get worse over time and people may not feel comfortable doing day-to-day routines like going to work or openly communicating with their partners.
While there are several symptoms of anxiety, Masand says they can be broken down to psychological and physical ones. Everything from irregular sleeping patterns to constantly fearing something in your life may be signs of anxiety disorder.
Masand says there are also several misconceptions about anxiety in the medical world. He believes not all forms of anxiety can be harmful, but rather they can help us stay focused and productive when we’re dealing with fears, for example. People suffering from anxiety, however, are also aware of the stigma. Telling someone to“calm down” or relating to them with your own stress, can all be viewed as annoying and unhelpful to someone with anxiety.
Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For.
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Symptoms | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA
Stress and anxiety: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
A new study on the brains of dancers may provide a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic dizziness.
The study examined how ballet dancers deal with dizziness, and it suggests their brains are different. Turns out, the dancers’ brains adapt over time to be resistant to dizziness. The cerebellum, a part of the brain important for processing signals related to dizziness, was found to be smaller among dancers when compared with non-dancers.
“It seems it is training related, rather than something that dancers are born with,” the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Barry Seemungal, a neurologist at Imperial College, told As It Happens co-host Carol Off from London, England.
Ballet dancers’ brains adapt to cope with dizziness – CBC News – Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News.
Greater longevity, for both men and women, should increase the willingness of singles to seek out new relationships well into their senior years.
The new statistics on mortality rates released by Statistics Canada this week illustrate just how much men are catching up with women in terms of life expectancy. That’s good news for all men, but particularly good news for single men, since living longer should increase their chances of finding love later in life.
Searching for love, and establishing new relationships, imposes costs on both men and women in that it requires an investment of time and energy. The longer both partners are likely to live, the more worthwhile it is to invest that energy since the benefit of being in the relationship will last for many years. So greater longevity, for both men and women, should increase the willingness of singles to seek out new relationships well into their senior years (To read further, click on the link)
Watch the over-70 dating scene heat up as lives get longer – The Globe and Mail.
In this first episode of Growing Children, Laverne Antrobus goes on a quest to discover the different ways an autistic brain works
OU on the BBC: Growing Children – Autism – OpenLearn – Open University.
Women need more sleep than men…
Women do need more sleep than men; If a woman is grumpy, encourage her to nap.
While sleep deprivation is increasing as a global menace, scientists at Duke University
in Durham, North Carolina
have discovered that women need more sleep than men….and chances are, she’s not getting enough. In fact the best thing a loving husband or partner can do is perhaps is to persuade her to get a few extra hours snuggling under the duvet
. or face the consequences.
Scientists say women suffer more than men, both mentally and physically, if they are forced to skimp on their sleep. As well as a higher risk of heart disease, depression and psychological problems, sleep-deprived women have extra clotting factors in their blood, which can lead to a stroke.They also have higher inflammation markers, which indicate developing health problems. As inflammation markers are also linked to pain, sleep expert Dr Michael Breus explained that women can literally be in more pain when they wake up. That’s enough to make any girl feel rather grumpy.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/duke-university-scientists-find-women-need-more-sleep-than-men/story-fneuz9ev-1226596253113#ixzz2NjJqHqsi (Daily Mail, Australia)
Beware of evolutionary explanations that rest on what men find attractive.
By Katy Waldman|Posted on SLATE Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
On Valentine’s Day, the New York Times ran an article in its science section linking physical traits common in East Asians—thick hair, distinctively-shaped teeth, small breasts, and extra sweat glands—to a 35,000-year-old mutation in a gene called EDAR. Researchers reproduced the mutation, which is carried by East Asians but not Africans or Europeans, in mice. The animals had more lustrous fur, more sweat glands, and smaller chests.
The article, by Nicholas Wade, starts off with plausible explanations for why natural selection might have favored the deviation in EDAR when it emerged thousands of years ago in central China. One or two of the traits influenced by the gene may have been advantageous for survival; as those features persisted in the population, the other attributes came along for the ride. And he tracks down a reasonable hypothesis about which characteristic made EDAR so valuable: the sweat glands. For people hunting and gathering in China’s formerly warm and soupy climate, staying cool was crucial.
Read:http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/02/debunking_sexual_selection_theories_the_edar_gene_in_east_asians.html -(dingbat… ridiculous, silly or stupid ?)
The world’s aging population: By the numbers
By the year 2050, the global population of people 60 and over will balloon from 810 million to close to 2 billion:
By The Week | October 1, 2012
There are 810 million people over the age of 60 living on Earth today. By 2050, there will be nearly 2 billion.
In many developed nations, aging populations are credited to rising standards of living and improved access to health care — and are thus treated as a “celebrated sign of progress,” says Emily Alpert at the Los Angeles Times
Longer lifespans also create population booms of senior citizens that many governments are unprepared to deal with. According to a new United Nations report
, within the next few decades, the global population of adults 60 or older will increase to nearly 2billion
. What kind of pressure will that place on overburdened countries unequipped to handle the load?
Here, a brief look at our increasingly graying world population, by the numbers:
- 12 = Percentage of today’s global population that is over age 60 .
- 22 = Estimated percentage of 2050’s global population that will be over age 60.
- 810 million = Current global population of people 60 and up.
- 1 billion = Estimated global population of people 60 and up 10 years from now.
- 2 billion = Estimated global population of people 60 and up by 2050.
- 46 = Percent of senior citizens who are living with disabilities.
- One-third = Fraction of seniors who have trouble getting health care when they need it.
- One-half = Fraction of seniors who have trouble paying for basic services.
- 35.6 million = People around the world afflicted with dementia in 2010. That figure is projected to doubleevery 20 years. ($604 billion = Estimated cost of taking care of dementia patients worldwide).
- 2 out of 3 = Seniors 60 or older who live in developing nations.
Sources: United Nations, CBS News, China Daily, CNN, Los Angeles Times, Mother Nature Network
Socializing is key to ‘successful aging’
Seniors who frequently socialized reported better health “Social engagement — involvement in meaningful activities and maintaining close relationships — is a component of successful aging,” wrote Heather Gilmour of Statistics Canada’s health analysis division. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/10/16/seniors-socialize.html
There is power in numbers. As a group, seniors have tremendous economic and political clout. According to “Selling to Seniors,” a monthly marketing report, people 50 and over control 77 percent of all financial assets in the United States, own almost 50 percent of all credit cards, and account for more than 50 percent of discretionary spending power – 2.5 times the average per capita.
Greater exercise is consistent with improved sperm counts, study suggests
CBC News , Posted: Feb 5, 2013.
Young men who get more exercise and watch less TV have higher sperm counts than those with less healthy habits, a U.S. study suggests. Men who exercised for 15 or more hours weekly at a “moderate to vigorous” rate had a 73-per cent higher sperm concentration than those who exercised less than five hours per week. Participants were divided into four groups based on their physical activity levels.The findings come after decades of research in several Western countries into whether declines in sperm quality from men going to fertility clinics indicate widespread drops in the general population of healthy men or are just blips.